Welcome to a new week, friends! I was MIA yesterday, buried under piles of stuff everywhere! If you follow me on InstaStories, you’ve seen that our house has been turned upside down while we had my closet repainted as well as the paint on most of our first floor, up the stairs, and hallway (including the doors) redone. It turned out beautiful, but the house was a disaster in the meantime because I had to pull everything out of my closet and drawers, and it’s been piled into the master bedroom sitting room. Good luck finding clothes to wear lately! And everything had to come off of and away from the walls so they could paint, so needless to say, there were piles everywhere! I spent most of the day on Sunday and Monday putting the house back together. It was a big job but I went through all my clothes and kept only the things that fit and I love to wear!
And today, I’m so giddy to share Jordan’s first birthday party recap with you! It was such a happy day from start to finish and we just had so much fun celebrating and honoring our baby girl. Many of you have come to adore Jordan right along with us, leaving sweet comments here, on Stores or IG. I appreciate it so much, especially since I know that usually only the Mom thinks her kids are that adorable! Jordan really is such a happy and fun little girl. And ever since she turned one, her independence and personality are shining through!
I had to start with some of the cake pictures because they are just the cutest! I don’t think I can honestly say, “baby’s first sugar” because I know Grandma has slipped her a few bites here and there!
She was so cute when she was eating the cake, she paused and giggled halfway through with sheer delight! I’m so thankful we have these pictures taken by my good friend Tisha, to remember it by.
I decided back in early January that I wanted to have a garden party at home for Jordan’s first birthday party. I feel like the first birthday celebration is as much for the parents as it is the baby, and I didn’t want to overwhelm any of us. So, we just invited our immediate family and kept it intimate and small.
One of my early inspirations for the party were the large scale gorgeous paper flowers I’ve seen that add such a fun 3-dimensional element to the space and set the tone for a garden party. I debated making them myself, but the realist in me calculated the time and expense involved as well as not trusting myself to have the outcome as good as I’d envisioned, so I decided to purchase them.I hung the flowers on opposite corners of the main wall in our formal dining room as the party backdrop. The flowers came with cardboard backing and a wire, so all I had to do was put pushpins in the wall to hang them. They turned out even better that I imagined and will be a decor piece that we can reuse in Jordan’s room in the future.
My friends and I attended a chalk art class recently and it occurred to me that I should bring the chalk easel I was planning to use to the class and ask the talented teacher to write out a message for us. I was blown away by how gorgeous the sign came out and amazed at how quickly Kristara whipped out that message out! She is so good! I swear I could’ve practiced for hours and mine still wouldn’t have come out as well. We set the chalk easel outside by the front door to welcome guests into the party.
We scheduled the party for 3:00 p.m. because when I planned the party, Jordan was napping from 2-3 p.m., so I figured a late afternoon start time would be great before she was ready to go to bed around 6:30-7.By the time the party came, her naps moved to usually 3-4, but she skipped this afternoon nap altogether and just partied straight though!
We wanted people to have something substantial to eat besides just finger foods, so we served sub sandwiches that I ordered from Jimmy John’s, jalapeno poppers, pita chips and hummus, cucumber bites, veggies with ranch, and fruit.
We set a buffet style table so people could grab and go. I have several white serving platters and three-tiered stands that I always use for parties and they’re great because they compliment any decor.
We had 11 adults and 7 kids at the party and ordered a 24 pack of assorted Mini Jimmys (Italian Club, Tuna, Country Club, and Ultimate Porker). We had leftovers, but they didn’t go to waste! I only put out some to start, and kept the rest refrigerated.
The cake and cupcakes were from HEB grocery store, a small pale pink smash cake with pink roses that Jordan could dig her itty bitty hands into all to herself.
We are so fortunate to have darling custom cookies made by Sally’s Sweets. She can do almost anything and her cookies were such a fun addition to the food and decor. She made 1s, flowers, and cookies personalized with Jordan’s name on them in pretty pastel colors to go with the decor. I so admire people who have talent like that!
We had mimosas and beer for the adults and bottled juices for the kids.
Being a garden party, I figured we needed flowers, flowers, flowers! To celebrate the first birthday party aspect, I made a large #1 with faux flowers glued onto cardboard. I was able to buy just the stems in a pack at Michael’s so I didn’t have to cut them!
We also set a kids table for them to sit at and eat lunch and dessert. The darling faux grass placemats are too cute and came with faux flowers attached. Not to mention the gorgeous pink turkish towel that I used as another layer of color on the table.
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I chose the turkish towels from Olive & Linen with the idea of also using them on picnics, at the beach, and as cute backdrops for pics of Jordan to sit on. They are really great quality, lightweight and come in a rainbow of colors to add a touch of cheerful decor. Olive & Linen is offering you 30% of your order with code HONEYWEREHOME30 if you want to take a look. (I also have this handwoven blanket on my bed and it is amazing!)
Into the house, we had balloons, lots of tulle (tied into bows throughout the stairs, kitchen pendant lights, etc.) and we used the pink tassel garland to adorn the baby gate. The table under the stairs was the perfect place to set gifts.
On that frame to the right of the door, we hung pictures of Jordan throughout her first year. It makes me tear up looking back at her as a tiny baby. She’s so big now that it seems so long ago that she fit in the crook of my arm. I know from experience that every stage just gets better and better, but I’d by lying if I said it didn’t give me baby fever seeing her as an infant!
Don’t mind me family, I’ll just keep on eating cake . . .
I don’t know what happened with James’ outfit- he started out the morning all set to wear a suit (his idea), but then changed into this striped shirt and plaid shorts combo. I usually don’t have mind or energy to try to argue and actually, always like to see what he’ll come up with.
Finally, after all that cake, it was time for a good old fashioned bubble bath!
I can say both baby and mama were pooped after that party!
I was thinking of also writing a post that shares all the specifics of how to plan a similar party because there were quite a lot of details that went into it from the decor to the food to the way the food was displayed, etc. and the timing of when to do all the tasks required to pull off a party like this. I used Evernote to keep track of all my lists as well as inspiration photos, recipes, etc., so I could also share how I did that if you’d want to know. Would you be interested in that?